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Sat, Sep. 2, 2017 - [Women's Soccer]

WINFIELD, Kan. – The Mid-America Christian University women's soccer team hit the road for their first away contest of 2017 on Saturday afternoon, and the match at Southwestern College (Kan.) was a classic.

Southwestern (1-1) appeared to tie the match at 2-2 with 1:50 to play in the match, but the offside flag was up, negating the goal, and MACU (2-0) held on in the waning seconds to take the 2-1 win.

Southwestern threatened in the first half, but sophomore goalkeeper Madison Donihoo was ready from the start. Donihoo made four saves in the span of five minutes, and she added two more saves in the span of 52 seconds just six minutes after the first flurry. Southwestern out-shot MACU 7-4 in the opening half, including a 6-2 edge in shots on goal, but at the half Donihoo and Southwestern's Olyvia Bish had held firm, and the match was scoreless at the break.

In the 66th minute, Donihoo made another big save, stopping the Moundbuilders' Karrie McNutt on a breakaway, and MACU immediately took advantage. On the counter attack, Alissa Tapp received a pass into space on the right wing, outran a defender, and she beat Bish on the breakaway to open the scoring and give MACU the 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later, the situation repeated, as Donihoo again stopped McNutt, and 30 seconds later, Brittney Stephens doubled the Lady Evangels' lead to 2-0.

With 8:35 to play in the match, McNutt found Maria Munoz on a breakaway, and Munoz fired a shot past Donihoo just under the bar for her first goal of the season, and suddenly Southwestern was within one. Munoz thought she had a second tally in the final two minutes when she again shot the ball past Donihoo, but this time, the offside flag was up, and the Lady Evangels caught a break to remain in the lead 2-1. In the final 20 seconds of the match, Southwestern got one more great chance, but Donihoo hustled out and slid onto a loose ball, smothering it to effectively end the match. She got up, punted it away, the clock ran out, and MACU held on for the 2-1 win.

Donihoo (2-0) made eight saves on nine shots to earn the victory. Bish (1-1) wade four saves in the loss for Southwestern.

MACU will be in action again on Saturday, September 9, when they head south to Paul Quinn College (0-1-1) at 11 a.m.